Friday, November 28, 2008

What Are You Thankful For?

We asked the kids yesterday at dinner what they were thankful for. Arabella replied like the little princess she is by saying, "I am thankful for my family." We then asked Blakey, who looked around thoughtfully for a moment before replying, "I am thankful for my jackhammer." We all just nodded in agreement. Then the two of them looked at Olivia who was next in our question and answer session. Arabella answered for her, "I think Olivia is thankful for her corn dog" as Liv munched happily away on her Thanksgiving corn dog and grinned.

These photos are just a couple of snapshots from our relaxing day yesterday. The kids enjoyed the beautiful weather while Gary and I enjoyed having no schedule and watching them.

Friday, November 21, 2008

All Boy

Blake, Mommy would like to take a picture of your new haircut. Can you smile for me??

Please - Just once - can you smile for Mommy???
I am super fast, so I got this moment-lasting grin. This boy is content to stick his tongue out and make funny faces at all times. And if you know him. you know he doesn't mean it in a bad way, but just is trying to be a little turkey. We finally took him to a real hairdresser - as real as you can call the place that has the horse he can sit on while his hair is cut. But, he liked it and I got none of the fuss. He looks like such a big boy to me. He has been saying funny things recently. I have been trying to catalog all of them, but have been too busy to track them well. I remember a couple of weeks ago he asked, "Mommy, am I big now?" I said, "You are getting big. Why do you ask?" He said, "Cause I want to be big enough to marry you." That was a make Mommy melt moment. Last weekend I was reading him a book and he said, "Mommy, you have to see these. These are slobbers." They were sloths, but I kind of like "slobbers" better. Then tonight, as I was trying to coax him to relaxing for sleep, he reached over his bed and got his water bottle. He took a long drink. I watched him thinking he was so boy must be growing. He then started gurgling the water very loudly. Thirsty, but also apparently, all boy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Just Hangin' Out

Arabella had her last soccer game of the season last weekend. She was so close - so very, very close to getting a goal. In fact, we think she may have touched the ball on it's way in when another player kicked it. Daddy still needs time to analyze the video (think instant replay ala U-6 soccer) Alas, our girl was just not aggressive. Time and time again she would have the ball at the goal and not kick it in. When asked why, she would respond, "There was someone in the way" or "Everybody was kicking and I might get kicked." It was classic. All said and done, she says that she likes it a lot and she wants to play again next year with Blake on her team, as he will be old enough to play next fall. It should be pretty entertaining. Anyway, here are some shots while we were playing around the soccer park during and after the game.

Go Falcons!

I love the look on her face - What MOM???

Boogie was a little zebra on front and back. This outfit was one of Arabella's hand-me-downs:

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Arabella's First Date

Thank goodness for us, it was Daddy. Grant had their annual Father-Daughter Dance this past Friday. I was very excited for the occasion so I made a corsage for Gary to give to her. It really was the sweetest thing when he gave it to her. He said, "Arabella, will you be my date to the Father-Daughter Dance?" She sweetly obliged. Although she only wore the corsage for a few minutes because she deemed it "itchy", I did manage to snap a pic before they left. Gary was a little hesitant about this evening event picturing all of the Dad's standing around staring at each other while their daughters danced about, but he really had a great time. They both came home with big smiles and stories from the evening full of dancing and fun. Now we just have to figure out how to keep her Daddy as her only date for the next 15 years...

Saturday, November 8, 2008

It's Hard Work

It's really hard work being three years old. Blake has been transitioning from little dude to big boy and in the midst of it, he has been saying he no longer needs a nap. Never mind that he falls asleep in the afternoon within 10 minutes of getting into his bed...he pleas his case every afternoon. "Mommy, I am not tired. I don't need a nap," he will say. I have let him go every once in a while and he will stay up through the afternoon. Usually when I give in and let him stay up, these photos are an example of what happens. The top photo is from this last Wednesday afternoon. Gigi sent a box full of presents - the Dalmatian on his lap included. The bottom picture is from Halloween. We had a really busy day and it was around 4:00 - Blake was talking to me one second, then fell asleep leaning against the couch the next. It's always the sweetest thing when I find him like this because he is just a limp noodle. My baby boy - still a little bit of baby in there.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Totally Gross!

Many of you have probably heard me ranting about Arabella and her sudden boy craziness. She came home from the 2nd day of Kindergarten with a mammoth crush on Cade. All I heard was "Cade this...Cade that" and within a week she greeted me at the bell with the announcement, "Mommy, Cade is going to kiss me." I just about fell on the ground before telling her, "No, he is not going to kiss you." To which she wrinkled up her nose and said, "No - not now! When we are teenagers! Then we are going to get married in Hawaii." All I could think at this point was "Who is this kid and how do I get him out of her life???" The problem is that he is such a little sweetheart - and adorable little guy who loves to chase her as much as she likes to be chased. Fortunately for all of us, their undying love has mellowed a bit. We still hear about Cade, but it has dialed down a few notches (thank goodness!). Yesterday, she said the sweetest words my ears have heard since she started Kindergarten. We were watching the movie "Enchanted" with Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams. At the end, they kiss and live "happily ever after." As they were kissing Arabella blurted out, "Eeww!! Gross! Totally gross - they're kissing. That's disgusting!" To which I answered, "Yes, that is disgusting. You only kiss Mommy or Daddy. So yucky, huh?" Now I just have to figure out how to keep this "gross" idea in her head for the next 15 years. Any suggestions would be met with great enthusiasm:)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Arabella!

My little baby girl is going to be five years old tomorrow. Where has the time gone? I can remember so vividly giving birth to her like it was yesterday - seeing my baby girl for the first time - she had big bright eyes and a head full of black hair. I remember her looking at me so intently after she was born - checking me out as I was checking her out. She came out so alert and so full of life. It was truly one of the best days of my life. I can't believe what a little lady she is becoming. She is so sweet, so smart, so nurturing, so beautiful, so full of love and life...I feel so blessed to call her my baby girl. Each day I grow more proud of the person she is becoming. She is amazing.

Happy Birthday Angelface!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween 2008

Here is the gang before heading out for trick-or-treating last night. It began raining on Thursday putting a damper on Halloween, but it didn't stop our little pumpkins from getting out of the house for some candy. Liv only made it to a couple of houses before her grumpiness set in (bedtime!), but Gary stayed out with Arabella and Blake who came home with a bounty of candy...just what we needed. Gary threw together a half-way pirate costume in the morning and disturbed our children with his "missing teeth" look - Livvy kept looking at him like he had two heads. He headed to the OR that morning in a slightly less scary version of his pirate self which I have displayed below with Arabella who was dressed for school. Arabella's class had a parade and party that we attended in the morning...all of this plus pumpkin carving and getting the house ready for Arabella's Princess Party today was almost enough to send Mommy to the Funny Farm. Somehow, we pulled it off. I will post some party pics soon.

Here is our "vampire pumpkin" - Arabella's idea - Daddy's skills:

Ballerina and Ruffy Massin:

Pink Poodle with her loot:

Arabella and her BFF, Willa, at their school party:

Pirate Daddy ready for work: